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Sheffield United v Brentford - Possible Blades changes
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Sheffield United v Brentford - Possible Blades changes

Chris Wilder says there could be changes in his Sheffield United team to face Brentford.

This comes after a 2-2 draw with Rotherham United at the weekend that disappointed the Blades manager.

A 92nd minute Jamie Proctor equaliser rescued a point for the Millers, but Wilder was unhappy with the whole performance.

“They were naive in their play,” he told the Sheffield Star. “They didn’t recognise that a team would be on top of them. Maybe I need to get that message across more strongly.

“We didn’t have time and space to take touches. They were hungrier than us and off they went. Rotherham played more effective football. I imagine they had more ball than us, more crosses, more shots.


“They did to us what we usually do to other teams. It is up to me now to look at that and then make the relevant changes for Tuesday. I usually enjoy our performances in and out of possession but I didn’t enjoy that.”

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Possible United changes

The Blades were perhaps guilty of sticking too stringently to tactics that have served them so well since Wilder took charge, but were exploited on Saturday.

In defence in particular there were problems. Chris Basham continues to roam forwards effectively and scored at the weekend, while John Egan is the anchor at the back. Jack O’Connell is perhaps the one centre-back that could make way, especially with Kean Bryan and Jake Wright both now fit.

Neither wing-back covered themselves in much glory at the New York Stadium and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see either Kieron Freeman or Enda Stevens dropped.

There were in issues in central midfield at Rotherham as well. John Fleck looked off the pace after international duty and maybe this is the time to trial Paul Coutts alongside Oliver Norwood. The two have been considered too similar, but Norwood showed at the weekend he has defensive responsibility.

Mark Duffy continues to impress in the number ten role while Billy Sharp is a tireless worker upfront. However, David McGoldrick spurned another chance on Saturday and Leon Clarke looked sharper when he came on. A swap up top wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

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